AccessWorld is a magazine published by the American Foundation for the Blind. This publication is for people who are visually impaired, educators, healthcare practitioners, and assistive technology developers. The purpose of the magazine is to highlight advances in assistive technologies for people who are visually impaired. The magazine was first published in January 2000 and now releases issues monthly for free online.
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) was founded in 1921 by M.C. Migel. In founding the AFB, he wanted to create a service organization to help the many blind and visually impaired veterans of World War I. The AFB is an important service and advocacy organization. The website provides useful information for individuals who are visually impaired. It also gives information about programs and services offered by the AFB and partner organizations.
This webpage provides an overview of the accessibility resources and services offered across Durham County Public Libraries. For patrons who are visually impaired, Durham County Public Libraries offers many services, although most are located at just the South Regional Library. At South Regional Library, screen magnifying and screen reading software are available. At all locations, handheld magnifying glasses and large print books are available. Each location can also provide assistance with lending resources from the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) and National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH).
The National Eye Institute (NEI) supports research related to vision issues. It is part of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NEI was established in 1968 with the purpose of supporting research into vision impairment prevention, treatment, and improvements to quality of life for people who are visually impaired. The NEI also provides education programs specific for certain causes of impairments and affected demographics. The website for the NEI provides information about past and ongoing research efforts. It also provides health information related to vision impairments for people of all ages.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH) is part of the Library of Congress. Established in 1931, the NLS/BPH provides braille and talking book materials and equipment for eligible individuals across the country. These materials include traditional books for all ages in multiple languages and music scores. The NLS/BPH also helps operate regional libraries across the country such as the North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
The North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind (DSB) is part of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). The DSB provides a wide variety of information, resources, and services including provision of adaptive technology, vocational training, and home-related assistance for eligible individuals. This webpage also provides helpful information such as contact information for social workers across the state, division office locations, and government reports related to disability.
The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is part of the State Library of North Carolina. This library is also a part of the network of regional libraries operated by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH) through the Library of Congress. Established in 1958, the NCLBPH provides many resources and services for patrons across the state. Materials from the NCLBPH such as audio, braille, and large-print books can be requested for interlibrary loan at libraries across the state for free. This also includes digital talking book players in cassette and digital formats. Reference and reader’s advisory services are available in the library and via phone. The NCLBPH also hosts events for individuals near Raleigh. The website for the NCLBPH provides a list of resources for patrons related to housing, working, and education.
This webpage provides an overview of the accessibility resources and services offered through the Orange County Public Libraries located in Hillsborough and Carrboro, NC. Resources are provided at each of these locations. Video magnifiers are available at both locations. Software including screen readers, screen magnifiers, and iPad applications are available at both locations. These services are provided via a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, part of the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the State Library of North Carolina.
Prevent Blindness is a service and advocacy organization founded in 1908. The purpose of the organization is to assist those who are visually impaired by providing educational information, supporting public health work, and advocating for public policy and resources. The website provides useful health information for individuals, parents, and healthcare practitioners.
The Triangle Disability Awareness Council provides a variety of resources and services related to disability for residents of Orange County, NC. Areas include education, employment, transportation, housing, ADA compliance, and health. This website provides resources to help individuals as well as contact information to connect with representatives from the Triangle Disability Awareness Council who can provide individual assistance.